Friday, July 22, 2011

The #18 Album of All-Time in the Rock Era--"Falling into You" by Celine Dion

We are truly getting into the cream of the crop now.  We find ourselves at #18.

Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love and The Colour of My Love didn't quite make it into The Top 100 Albums*. This one did. Falling into You has tons of things going for it. It peaked at #1 for three weeks but more astonishingly also logged 11 weeks at #2 and 13 weeks at #3. That's 27 weeks in being one of the Top Three albums of its time. Falling into You is one of only five albums in the history of the Rock Era (1955-2010) to spend an entire year in the Top 10 (59 weeks total) and it remained a best-seller on the album chart for 113 weeks (over two years).

In just 15 years, it has sold 11 million copies in the U.S. alone and it has sold over 32 million copies worldwide. Falling into You sold over a million copies in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Canada, France, Japan and Australia, becoming only the sixth artist in history to accomplish this. It reached #1 in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, the Netherlands (12 weeks at the top), Belgium (8 weeks), Norway (7 weeks), Switzerland (6 weeks), Australia (4 weeks), New Zealand (3 weeks), Austria (1 week), Sweden (1 week) and Greece. The album also has an outstanding Track Rating* of 9.08.
"Because You Loved Me" is one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*--it peaked at #1 for six weeks on the popular chart and set an all-time record when it lasted for 19 weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" and "All by Myself", Celine's cover of the Eric Carmen hit, both made the Top Five. The title song is excellent; I think "Seduces Me" is one of The Top Unknown/Underrated Songs of the Rock Era*. Dion also does a great version of "River Deep, Mountain High". This isn't going to be for everyone, but if you love great melodies sung by one of the best, there probably won't be too many songs you don't like.

For each successive album, you would expect more and more accolades and factors in its favor. Celine won Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. The monumental hit "Because You Loved Me" won both a Grammy for Best Song from a Motion Picture and an Academy Award (both for writer Diane Warren) for Best
Original Song for a Motion Picture (Up Close & Personal).

Dion won World's Overall Best Selling Recording Artist of the Year, World's Best-Selling Pop Artist of the Year and World’s Best Selling Canadian Recording Artist of the Year at the World Music Awards and Dion won Artist of the Year at the VH1 Awards. She won Juno Awards for Best Selling Album, Female Vocalist of the Year and a special International Achievement Award and a BMI Award for Pop Song of the Year ("It's All Coming Back To Me Now". Dion also won 17 other awards for this album that are too numerous to mention here.
Dion was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Because You Loved Me") at the Grammys and for Favorite Female Rock Artist and Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist at the American Music Awards.

 Falling Into You:
1.    "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (Jim Steinman) --7:37
2.    "Because You Loved Me" (Diane Warren) --4:33
3.    "Falling into You (Billy Steinberg, Rick Nowels, Marie-Claire D'Ubaldo) --4:18
4.    "Make You Happy" (Andy Marvel) --4:31
5.    "Seduces Me" (Dan Hill, John Sheard) --3:46
6.    "All by Myself" (Eric Carmen and Sergei Rachmaninoff) --5:12
7.    "Declaration of Love" (Michael Jay & Claude Gaudette) --4:20
8.    "Dreamin' of You" (Aldo Nova & Peter Barbeau) --5:07
9.    "I Love You" (Nova) --5:30
10.  "If That's What It Takes" --4:12
11.  "I Don't Know" (Galdston, Goldman, J. Kapler) --4:38
12.  "River Deep - Mountain High" (Phil Spector, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich) --4:10
13.  "Call the Man" (Andy Hill & Peter Sinfield) --6:08
14.  "Fly" (Galdston, Goldman) --2:58

Falling into You was recorded from 1995 to 1996.  Babyface, Roy Bittan, Jeff Bova, David Foster, Humberto Gatica, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Rick Hahn, Dan Hill, John Jones, Rick Nowels, Aldo Nova, Steven Rinkoff,  Billy Steinberg, Jim Steinman and Rick Wake produced the album.   It was 
released March 8, 1996 on Epic Records.

Celine Dion achieves #18 of All-Time with Falling into You.

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